Cheryl Burke: 'Dancing With The Stars' Burke Reveals Early Abuse In New Book
Cheryl Burke: Burke Reveals She Was Abused As A Child In New Book
Cheryl Burke, a two-time champion of the reality television hit show Dancing with the Stars, made a shocking revelation today in an interview with PEOPLE magazine. Burke tells the publication that she was molested as a child and endured two physically abusive relationship in her younger years.
Burke will be releasing her new book Dancing Lessons, coauthored by PEOPLE senior writer Monica Rizzo, and will be detailing her life story.
"I'm telling my story," said Burke. "They're not secrets. There's no shame."
According to PEOPLE: "Burke's abuser was a retired mailman who was trusted and well liked in Burke's Bay Area community. He would sometimes pick Burke up from school and do odd jobs around her home. The assaults began when she was 5."
Burke tells people that she testified against the man who was a family friend to put him in jail for nearly 20 years.
"If I can help just one person," Burke said, "for me that's all that matters."
Burke, has been one of the most popular dance coaches in the ABC hit reality show. In recent seasons she has been paired with Olympian Maurice Green, football player Chad Ochocinco and former Lakers player Rick Fox.
Ochocinco and Burke were rumored to be dating at some point during their season.
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